Toxicologist writes letter to EPA officials documenting “continued dispersant spraying in near shore and inland waters” across Gulf

Saturday, August 28, 2010
By Paul Martin
August 28th, 2010

Great work Marine toxicologist Riki Ott. Glad FOSL could help!

Excerpts from An Open Letter to US EPA, Region 6, August 27, 2010:

Bob Naman is the analytical chemist who performed the tests featured in WKRG’s broadcast. Highlights [from Washington’s Blog interview with chemist Bob Naman] include:

• Naman found 2-butoxyethanol in the Cotton Bayou sample. [Ingredient in ‘discontinued’ Corexit 9527.]
• Naman said found no propylene glycol, the main ingredient of Corexit 9500.
• Naman said he went to Dauphin Island, Alabama last night and while there observed many 250-500 gallon barrels which were labeled Corexit 9527. Naman took pictures that he will soon be sharing.
• Naman said he saw men applying the Corexit 9527 while he was in Dauphin Island and also in Bayou La Batre, Alabama.
• Naman said the Corexit 9527 is being haphazardly sprayed at night and is impacting beach sands in a highly concentrated form.


Aug. 23: Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard posting

We spotted huge plastic containers marked with Corexit warning labels on the dock public docks near Bayou La Batre. …

The next day at a town hall meeting in Buras, LA, BP Mobile Incident Commander Keith Seilhan was asked about the use of chemical dispersants. “We are not using dispersants and haven’t been for some time,” he said.

But when asked whether contractors who operate in state waters could be, he said he could not be certain. “We have lots of contractors, but no one should be using them. If they are, we need to know about it and stop it.”


Read the full letter here.

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